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Implant Injects DNA Into Ear, Improves Hearing

Slashdot - 1 hour 2 min ago
sciencehabit writes "Many people with profound hearing loss have been helped by devices called cochlear implants, but their hearing is still far from perfect. They often have trouble distinguishing different musical pitches, for example, or hearing a conversation in a noisy room. Now, researchers have found a clever way of using cochlear implants to deliver new genes into the ear — a therapy that, in guinea pigs, dramatically improves hearing (abstract)."

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The Witcher 3</em> and Projekt Red's DRM-Free Stand

Slashdot - 1 hour 23 min ago
An anonymous reader writes "This article goes into the making of upcoming fantasy title The Witcher 3. The studio, CD Projekt Red, reveals that, unusually, it'll be releasing the game as a DRM-free download. 'We believe that DRM does more harm to legit gamers than good for the gaming industry, that's why the game will also be completely DRM-free,' says the game's level designer, Miles Tost. The game will build on the strengths of The Witcher 2 while attempting to broaden its scope. 'We want to combine the strong pull of closed-world RPGs story-wise, with a world where you can go anywhere and do anything you want.'"

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FCC to reportedly lay out new 'Net Neutrality' rules tomorrow

from News.com - 1 hour 28 min ago
A new proposal from the commission could allow companies to pay Internet service providers for faster access to consumers, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Categories: Open Source

Apple tops estimates, announces 7-for-1 stock split

from News.com - 1 hour 30 min ago
The electronics maker surprised analysts with a better-than-anticipated quarter, sending shares up sharply in after-hours trading.

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Apple's strong iPhone sales crush Wall Street moneymen's tepid expectations

The Register - 1 hour 32 min ago
Plans seven-for-one stock split, $130bn capital return

Despite not introducing any significant new products during the second quarter of its fiscal 2014 ended in March, Apple has announced unexpectedly healthy revenues and profits for the quarter, with the all-important earnings per share numbers crushing analysts' expectations.…

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Roku is master of the streaming universe

from News.com - 1 hour 36 min ago
By the power of YouTube and Amazon’s HBO deal, it’s hard to defeat the Roku streaming box. Also, how to cope with Twitter’s new profile design.

Categories: Open Source

Facebook shines with $2.5B in Q1 revenue

from News.com - 1 hour 38 min ago
The social network's blossoming smartphone business brought in 59 percent of advertising revenue during the first three months of 2014.

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Facebook Q1 by the numbers: $1.34B in mobile sales

from News.com - 1 hour 43 min ago
The first three months of 2014 proved fruitful for Facebook as it brought in $2.5 billion in total revenue with extra help from an audience of more than 1 billion people on mobile.
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Scarcity triggers new restrictions on obtaining Internet addresses

from News.com - 1 hour 43 min ago
The US and Canada are down to their last 16.7 million Net addresses with today's IPv4 Internet technology -- down from twice that 8 months ago. Scarcity is pushing ISPs to the next-gen IPv6.
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Michigan FIRST Robot Championship Bout for 2014 (Video)

Slashdot - 1 hour 45 min ago
For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, AKA FIRST, holds annual robot challenges, in which student teams build robots, then operate them to the cheers of an adoring crowd. Slashdot watched the Dexter Dreadbots build their 2014 contender. (The Dreadbots are Slashdot's home team.) And we've watched other FIRST competitions before, but this is the 2014 Michigan state championships. The next step after the state finals is an appearance at the National Championship Competition, which starts today, April 23, in St. Louis, although the first day is speeches and such, not actual competition. Keep an eye on usfirst.org to see who wins. And before that, you can watch the matches themselves, streamed live courtesy of NASA. (Alternate video link.)

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ARM brushes off dip in mobile revenues with sunny forecast for coming year

The Register - 2 hours 1 min ago
Chip designer sees market picking back up after Q4 drop

Chip design firm ARM has seen a dip in mobile sales that led to falling financial returns in the last financial quarter, a shift the company hopes will be temporary.…

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The 404 1,471: Where if this, then that (podcast)

from News.com - 2 hours 6 min ago
Jill Schlesinger is back on the show to help uncover the Internet magic that is IFTTT, failed NYPD hashtags and discuss Facebook and Apple earnings.
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Golden Goose scrambles eggs in the shell

from News.com - 2 hours 13 min ago
Shake it up. A low-tech kitchen gadget on Kickstarter simplifies the process of creating an in-shell golden egg.
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Google Street View now lets you 'go back in time' to view previous captures of a place

Boing Boing - 2 hours 19 min ago

"If you see a clock icon in the upper left-hand portion of a Street View image," explain the Googles, "click on it and move the slider through time and select a thumbnail to see that same place in previous years or seasons."

This is kind of neat. From the Official Google Blog: "Starting today, you can travel to the past to see how a place has changed over the years by exploring Street View imagery in Google Maps for desktop. We've gathered historical imagery from past Street View collections dating back to 2007 to create this digital time capsule of the world."

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Fitbit wearable lead stays strong despite recall of Force wristband

from News.com - 2 hours 20 min ago
The NPD Group's most recent retail report reveals that wearable-maker Fitbit has not seen a hit to its share of the market following the recall of its Force fitness tracker. In fact, it's still growing.
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Amazon plays a great hand with HBO but game isn't over

from News.com - 2 hours 21 min ago
Amazon will be the first subscription service to offer binge-ready, older HBO shows, besting Netflix by scoring coveted content for members. But this deal doesn't win the game, or change it yet.

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The Hackers Who Recovered NASA's Lost Lunar Photos

Slashdot - 2 hours 27 min ago
An anonymous reader sends this story from Wired: "The Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project has since 2007 brought some 2,000 pictures back from 1,500 analog data tapes. They contain the first high-resolution photographs ever taken from behind the lunar horizon, including the first photo of an earthrise. Thanks to the technical savvy and DIY engineering of the team at LOIRP, it's being seen at a higher resolution than was ever previously possible. ... The photos were stored with remarkably high fidelity on the tapes, but at the time had to be copied from projection screens onto paper, sometimes at sizes so large that warehouses and even old churches were rented out to hang them up. The results were pretty grainy, but clear enough to identify landing sites and potential hazards. After the low-fi printing, the tapes were shoved into boxes and forgotten. ... The drives had to be rebuilt and in some cases completely re-engineered using instruction manuals or the advice of people who used to service them. The data they recovered then had to be demodulated and digitized, which added more layers of technical difficulties."

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HBO reruns to be offered through Amazon Prime Instant Video

Boing Boing - 2 hours 36 min ago

HBO will sell reruns of hit shows like "The Sopranos" to Amazon Prime. (HBO)

HBO and Amazon have announced a deal through which the cable TV network will offer reruns of many hit shows on Amazon's Prime Instant Video platform. The shows to be sold include "The Sopranos," "Six Feet Under," "The Wire," "Girls" and "Veep," as well as HBO miniseries like "Band of Brothers" and original features such as "Game Change."

The Los Angeles Times reports that "HBO's online streaming service HBO Go will also be available on Amazon's new Fire TV settop box the end of the year," as part of the arrangement. HBO shows will be available on Prime Instant starting May 21. Terms were not disclosed.

From The Hollywood Reporter: The deal is a first for HBO as the premium service has kept past episodes of its programming inside its own walled universe on authenticated service HBO Go and its own on-demand platforms. HBO has been cautious about entering the SVOD [subscription video on demand] ecosystem in order to protect the lucrative fees customers pay cable providers for access to HBO's original content and Hollywood movies, which continue to be a significant driver of eyeballs to HBO. Licensing content to streaming services remains a balancing act for premium cable networks, where the bread-and-butter is still subscription fees.

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Super Mario theme song played with finger snaps

from News.com - 2 hours 48 min ago
A Swedish fan shows off his finger dexterity by sharing a rendition of the Super Mario Bros. theme song done entirely with finger snaps.
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HTC One M8 draws fans of Apple, Samsung, but mostly HTC, survey says

from News.com - 2 hours 54 min ago
According to a survey of consumers upgrading to the HTC One M8, most are loyal HTC owners, but plenty are trading up from an iPhone or Samsung device as well.
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